Gabby Giffords may be a Democrat, but she also is an Arizonian and brain injury survivor. Her husband, Mark Kelly, is a former astronaut who presumptively knows many fellow astronauts who have had a brain injury from their travel. Politically, they differ from Senator McCain. However, as a fellow Arizonian, his friend and his former colleague, she and her husband have expressed their hope for McCain’s recovery.
Kelly expressed the importance of maintaining a positive outlook, just as McCain did during his 5+ years detained as a prison-of-war during the Vietnam War. Giffords tweeted, “You’re tough! You can beat this. Fight, fight, fight! I am proud to call you my friend.”